Our associational director and lead strategist

Dr. Alan Small became the Executive Director for Dogwood Trails Baptist Association in August 2021. Alan and his wife, Rachelle, are West Texas natives who spent time in Oklahoma and Colorado before making the move to East Texas. Alan has been a long tenured pastor, church planter, and church revitalizer. Alan also served as a track and cross country coach for his local high school. When coaching and ministry came together, he sensed God’s call to associational work.

“I am passionate about the long-term health and vitality of our churches and ministry leaders.. I have experienced an attempt to build that health on my own, but I came to recognize that God’s best plan is for churches to work together for God’s kingdom.”


Alan and Rachelle have two grown, married daughters. Rachelle works at Jacksonville College as Assistant to the President. Alan has degrees from Wayland Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds certifications in church consultation and in church revitalization. He co-hosts the Enduring Churches Podcast with long time friend Trent Young.

Our Executive Team:

Moderator: Tony Watson
Vice-moderator: Jerry Horine
Clerk: Matthew Timmons, Norwood Heights Baptist Church, Palestine
Treasurer: Kevin Wilmott, Dogwood Hills Baptist Church, Palestine
Denominee and Parlimentarian Advisor: David Dixon

Team Leaders:

Teaching Team: Matthew Timmons, Norwood Heights Baptist Church, Palestine
Evangelism Team: Jerry Horine, Friendship Baptist Church, Montalba
Adoration Team: Tony Watson, First Baptist Church, Palestine
Missions Team: Brian Givens, First Baptist Church, Rusk
Disaster Relief: Rick Dees, Westwood Baptist Church, Palestine
Collegiate Ministry: Chris Williams
Directors of East Texas Prison Ministry: John and Debbie Gleason, David English, board president
Hospitality House leaders: Kenneth & Goldie Young